Be a Volunteer

Volunteers with the Epilepsy Foundation come in all sizes and shapes, and their caring has no limit. Some are leaders, some are thinkers, and some are doers. Thank you for helping us raise awareness of epilepsy and seizures by offering your time and talents. We will work with your availability and preferences. Every minute you spend helping gives another minute of hope to all Mississippians living with seizures. Simply fill out the form below and let us know a little bit about you. A member of our staff will get back to you shortly and let you know of volunteering opportunities in your area. Thank you for your generosity.

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How can I volunteer with the Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi?  The Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi is dependent on our generous volunteers and leaders to advocate and make a difference for those living with seizures.  Volunteers are needed in all 82 counties of our state.  Here are some ways you can volunteer.

H.O.P.E. Mentors (Helping Other People with Epilepsy) – is a a group of dedicated volunteers from Mississippi who have come together to raise awareness and support for the Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi.  The H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program (Helping Other People with Epilepsy) was created to allow people who live with epilepsy to educate others and share their experiences.  This is a patient education program that trains persons with epilepsy to be “patient educators” throughout the epilepsy and neurology communities.  The H.O.P.E. Program goals are to:

  • Improve communication about epilepsy to patients and the community at large
  • Offer an exciting new way for people with epilepsy to learn through shared experience
  • Serve as a positive resource for the epilepsy patient, family & healthcare professional
  • Provide a mechanism to inform audiences of the resources available to people with epilepsy

The program provides concise information in standardized learning and teaching formats by certified mentors.  The mentors must successfully complete an intensive training program to become a certified H.O.P.E. mentor.

Special Events Volunteers – serves on the special events/fundraising committee that meets monthly.  These volunteers will work along with the EFM staff to raise awareness about epilepsy while increasing support and public knowledge about seizures.  These individuals will serve as an ambassador (a.k.a. Hero) for the Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi.  They will promote a positive image and often need to be task oriented and driven as well as motivated and self driven.  Must be able to carry out projects and work well with others.  A few examples of projects the Special Events Volunteers will work on is the annual Strides 4 Seizures 5K, Advocacy Day at the Mississippi State Capital, Hero’s Among Us fundraiser, National Epilepsy Awareness Month events, and Annual Giving Programs.

Office Volunteers –  provide much needed support to the staff and board of directors in the office.  Tasks include but are not limited to: answering the phones, making phone calls on behalf of EFM, Data entry, preparing for events, organizing and providing clerical support.

Board of Directors – The Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi needs individuals with leadership skills and desire.  The Board of Directors are the governing officers of the Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi and play a vital role in the success of this organization.  Board members are respected citizens with broad community networks that can be used on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi.  Responsibilities include:

  • Attend at least 3 of the 4 quarterly board meetings per year
  • Attend all of the special events
  • Board orientation
  • Financial obligation and ask others for their support as well
  • Remain knowledgeable about the organization’s mission, cause and goals
  • Actively contribute at meetings
  • Recruit other board members to serve as well